The snow is thick and crunchy under our feet. It’s the kind of snow you rest on top of, popping through only occasionally where the snow stayed soft and safe from freezing rain. The wind is sharp and painful. The sky alternates between bluebird blue with cracks of sun reaching our cheeks and misty gray delivering impending doom. It’s still february. Hardly, but it still is.
So, despite this knowledge, we hoped for more. Three weeks until the equinox yet, but we thought perhaps, just perhaps, there was a sign of spring awaiting us out our back door. So we bundled and we searched.
But it was all in vain. We came up empty-handed, the groundhog was correct, Jack Frost’s grip is still tight upon us. Even the chickadees were absent from our pine/hemlock forest for in the distance some large construction trucks were scaring them all away. (Sure, I know they are around, I have seen them! Oh wait… they don’t migrate… but darn it if a tiny tweet wouldn’t have made us feel somewhat successful.)
A bit of browned moss at the base of a tree, some baby pinecones and papa pinecones, twigs and fireworks of pine needles and a turned over frosty was all we were able to turn up. Oh winter, your beauty is grand and your season is king in this country. But you have proven your point! Step aside!
But, lucky for me, the little boys in my life seem not to notice or mind the length and severity of this season. Life is grand for them all the same.
Take heart mama. Take heart.
6 thoughts on “a sign”
Maybe, just maybe, those beech buds are starting to swell? Probably just wishful thinking. But I did spot an eastern bluebird three days ago!
oh chris!! You could be right! and an eastern bluebird is surely a good sign…. and i have been hearing the song of the cardinal more and more…. so soon!
Yes, winter is definitely still here with the single digits today. However, the daylight as definitely changed – stronger and longer. Love the rough, crusty tree bark pictures and the last one of your boy it very sweet.
love those forest baby photos. life is grand, all right.
We have seen no signs of spring here either…except yesterday afternoon as I was driving with my daughter to a class, she asked “Mommy, why is it so light out?” And she was right! We’ve have been driving to class in the dark and now we are driving in the light! That is a (very small) sure sign spring will come!
the light is a sure sign, you are right! And a welcome one at that! I shouldn’t be SO completely pessimistic.